West Marine Press Release

West Marine Announces Grand Opening of its Newly Expanded Destin Store

“World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” Celebration Set for April 11-13, 2014

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (March 19, 2014)

West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the largest waterlife outfitter exclusively offering gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water, announced the grand opening celebration of its newly renovated and larger format store in Destin, Florida. Grand opening festivities are set to take place April 11-13, 2014, starting at 8 a.m. each day. In-store events will include tips from experts, electronics demos, door-buster deals, giveaways and raffles. The Destin store is located at 862-B Highway 98 E, at the intersection of Gulf Shore Drive and the south side of Interstate 98.

With more than 13,000 square-feet of space, this newer, larger West Marine will serve the needs of anyone who loves spending time on the water. The 2,000-square foot Fishing & Bait Shack contains both inshore and offshore fishing and tackle gear specifically selected for the area. Enhanced specialty departments include a larger engine parts counter, a wider selection of apparel, footwear and accessories, plus an assortment of inflatable boats, kayaks and a variety of stand-up paddleboards (SUPs).

“Our team at West Marine is passionate about serving Destin’s waterlife enthusiasts,” said store manager David Beebe, a Florida native who has spent most of his life enjoying time on the water in boats ranging from homemade catamarans to 34-foot trawlers. “Our crew has a vast amount of saltwater fishing and boating experience. We are eager to help our customers have a wonderful day on the beautiful waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf – from the oil rigs to The Squiggles and even down through the locks at Okachobee.”

The 10-person West Marine crew at the new Destin store has a combined 100 years of boating, fishing and sailing experience and have collectively cruised 50,000 nautical miles.

About West Marine

Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine, Inc. has grown to become the largest omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering gear, apparel and footwear to anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. With 287 stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and an eCommerce website reaching domestic and international customers, West Marine is recognized as the dominant waterlife outfitter – from cruisers to sailors to anglers to paddlesport enthusiasts, with everything you need for your life on the water. For more information on West Marine, Inc. its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine’s stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.